January 2, 2017


Frank Launder (1907-1997) b. Hitchin, Herts, England.

Frank Launder

In partnership with Sidney Gilliat for many years Frank Launder was one half of Individual Films, taking it in turns to direct. He initially joined the story department of BIP in 1928 and during the thirties wrote such outstanding films as The Lady Vanishes (1938), Oh Mr Porter! (1937) and Night Train to Munich (1940). It is hard to differentiate his style from that of his partner, apart from the tendency towards broad comedy rather than the thrillers of the I See a Dark Stranger (1946) and Green for Danger (1947) mould.

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